2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration PhD, Management Track

College: Business Administration Degree: PhD
Department: Management Option: Dissertation
Program Websites: http://business.ucf.edu/graduate-programs/
Graduate Program Handbook

Track Description

The objective of the Management track in the Business Administration PhD program is to prepare students for academic careers at major research universities.

Management Department faculty members help students understand current approaches to explaining and investigating management processes, and facilitate research projects aimed at contributing new insights to the field. Our students immerse themselves in the timely and timeless lessons offered by management scholars, as well as the methods used to discover and evaluate new ideas. This training also provides our students with the knowledge and critical perspective necessary to be master educators. The Management program is designed to produce well-rounded members of our profession who are well prepared to contribute to the research, education, and service missions of the Management discipline. The program requires a full-time commitment on the part of the students, allowing no time for secondary outside employment. Stipends, tuition waivers, health insurance options, described in the Graduate Student Handbook and on the College of Graduate Studies website, provide the financial resources that support this full-time status.


The Management track of the Business Administration PhD program requires 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students must meet prerequisite requirements of 18 credit hours, and then complete 18 credit hours of management core courses, 6 credit hours of a minor/support area, 12 credit hours of research methods/tools courses, 3 credit hours of electives, and 15 credit hours of dissertation.

Total Credit Hours Required: 72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

The general expectation for the Management program follows. The program is tailored to the needs of the individual student and may require work that is not included in the following descriptions. The program requires 39 hours of formal course work exclusive of independent study as well as 15 credit hours of dissertation research (MAN 7980).

Prerequisites: Foundation Body of Knowledge—18 Credit Hours

The foundation body of knowledge includes the common body of knowledge in an MBA degree or its equivalent from an AACSB-accredited or comparable school. This requirement may be satisfied with a master’s degree in Management or by courses deemed essential by the Management track program coordinator.

Required Courses—39 Credit Hours

Minor/Support Area—6 Credit Hours

Students may select a minimum of six credit hours, typically within a unified area, approved by the student’s adviser and the program coordinator. Each student’s program of study is individually tailored to accommodate student interests, and often emphasizes additional training in research methodology necessary to produce high quality scholarly research.

Research Methods/Tools—12 Credit Hours

The research tools requirement is intended to ensure a thorough exposure to research methods. All candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge of statistical methods as well as usage of statistical packages. This includes design, analysis, and interpretation of results. The student’s advisory committee and the program coordinator will recommend and/or approve specific courses for each student. Representative courses include, but are not limited to the following:.

Elective—3 Credit Hours

  • Elective course approved by the faculty adviser 3 Credit Hours

Dissertation—15 Credit Hours

  • MAN 7980 - Dissertation Research 15 Credit Hours minimum

Admission to Candidacy

Students must complete a comprehensive candidacy examination that includes written and oral portions. This usually takes place near the end of coursework, in the late second year or early third year of the program.

Students officially enter candidacy when the following have been accomplished:

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the comprehensive candidacy examination.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submittal of an approved program of study.

Students must defend a written dissertation proposal in an oral examination conducted by the faculty, at least one semester prior to their final dissertation defense. The final defense of the dissertation will also require an oral examination.

Teaching Requirement

The requirements for the teaching component of the degree will be developed with the doctoral graduate program director based on the student’s experience. Normally, this requirement will be satisfied through teaching a minimum of three credit hours of class instruction under the direct supervision of a faculty member. As appropriate, students will also be required to attend teaching development workshops and seminars.

Independent Learning

The dissertation satisfies the independent learning requirement.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE or GMAT score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Goal statement.
  • Résumé.
  • Other: Previous publications and/or other relevant supporting documentation.
  • A computer-based score of 233 (or 91 internet-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, or if an applicant’s degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 7.0.

Admission decisions are made based on faculty recommendations from the appropriate department or school. Admissions will generally be made only for the fall semester of even years (e.g. Fall 2014, Fall 2016). In evaluating applicants, the committee considers all materials submitted. This committee made up of our most research-active faculty, the program director, and program coordinator, considers favorably: past academic writing/projects, collaborative work with distinguished faculty, prior career success, standardized scores on the GMAT or GRE, and letter of intent. Given that our program is designed as an “immersion” into the academic inquiry, we look for applicants who demonstrate a level of intellectual curiosity that will drive their research efforts. GMAT/GRE scores should be competitive for full consideration. Generally, successful applicants score at or higher than the 50% ranking on both verbal and quantitative portions of the tests. Admissions are competitive, and standardized scores are often considerably higher than this. Consideration of candidates generally begins in mid-January and continues unit we have the number of accepted offers we intend to accept. Generally, a cohort consists of 4-6 students. Our program supports students with interest in the primary areas of Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior, and Entrepreneurship. Letters of intent should reflect the particular area of interest is pursuing. The college strongly encourages applications from minority and diverse populations. Race, national origin, and gender are not used in the evaluation of students for admission into graduate and professional programs.

Application Deadlines

Management *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Apr 1    
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15    
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Steven Whiting, PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407- 823-1714 
BA1 339

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241